Eileen - girls name

Eileen name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 81%

Eileen name meaning:

The name Eileen is of Irish origin and has a rich meaning behind it. Eileen is derived from the Irish name Eibhlín, which is the Gaelic form of the English name Evelyn. Eibhlín comes from the Old French name Aveline, which means "bird" or "desired." Therefore, the name Eileen can be interpreted as "desire" or "wished for child."

Eileen also carries cultural and historical significance. In Irish folklore, Eileen was associated with the idea of beauty and purity. It was believed that those named Eileen possessed a gentle and kind nature, often described as being like a beautiful bird. Additionally, Eileen is closely connected to Irish heritage and is considered a traditional Irish name.

Overall, the name Eileen exudes a sense of longing and cherished uniqueness. It represents a desire for a child and embodies qualities of beauty, gentleness, and purity, carrying with it a rich cultural and historical background.

Origin: Greek

Form of Helen. Bright one.

Related names

Helen , Aleen , Aleena , Alena , Alene, Aline , Allena, Allene, Calina, Eileen , Elaina , Elan , Elayna , Eleonora , Eleonore , Elinor , Ellaine, Ellayne, Elleen, Ellena , Ellene, Ellyn , Elynn, Helaine, Helena , Helene, Helli, Kirochka, Leana , Leann, Leanna , Leeann, Leeanne, Leianna, Leyda, Loyda, Lyda, Olena, Yalenchka, Yalens, Yelena

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Overall UK ranking: 1069 out of 5581

32 recorded births last year

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (792)

Historical popularity of Eileen

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